June 30, 2019 / 2:38 PM / 4 months ago

France's Macron sees three EU posts decided at Summit, ECB later

French President Emmanuel Macron talks to the media as he arrives at a European Union leaders summit that aims to select candidates for top EU institution jobs, in Brussels, Belgium June 30, 2019. REUTERS/Yves Herman

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron said that three of the European Union’s top positions should be decided at a meeting of EU leaders on Sunday, with a decision on the next head of the European Central Bank likely to be taken at a later date.

“It’s important for me that we are able to emerge from this Council with answers and the new team,” Macron told reporters as he arrived for the EU leaders’ summit in Brussels.

“This is the new team that we are going to decide on, for three of the names today, for the ECB probably a little later.”

The council of EU leaders is responsible for nominating four key positions - including the president of the European Commission and the president of the ECB - and Macron said “there should be two men and two women”.

Dutch socialist Frans Timmermans is on course to be named the EU’s next chief executive, diplomats and officials said on Sunday.

Reporting by Jean-Baptiste Vey, writing by Gus Trompiz, editing by Alexander Smith

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